What Are Cataracts?

If you live to be old enough you will probably develop cataracts. Cataracts are the clouding of the eye’s natural lens which occurs gradually over time. Most people notice that their vision isn’t as clear as it used to be, often times resulting in problems with glare or halos when driving at night or seeing fine details.

Although cataracts cannot be prevented limiting exposure to UV light via sunglasses, hats, or UV coating on glasses will help in slowing down the process. Other things that can speed up the development of cataracts include diabetes, eye injuries or surgeries, high blood pressure, smoking, and certain medications.

Once cataracts begin to effect people’s ability to see for their daily activities and glasses are no longer able to correct their vision an ophthalmologist can perform cataract surgery. The surgeon removes the eye’s natural lens and an artificial lens is put in its place. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and one of the most common surgeries done every year in America.

If you feel your vision is being affected by cataracts give Smart EyeCare Center a call and book an appointment!

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